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Incubation Space

At the last count there were more than 250 business incubators and spaces across the UK thought to be supporting up to 10,000 businesses.

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So, what is a Business Incubator?

Originally developed over 50 years ago in New York, incubation space continues to play an important role in boosting growth and innovation here.

The use of incubation space is particularly useful to new ideas and ventures, in addition to the offer of FREE workspace it can also add huge credibility to your offer, provide access to shared services both on and off site and help develop special relationships in the formative years of any new business which can ultimately have a tremendous and lasting impact in your first few years of trading. 

For start-ups looking to scaleup or secure funding, incubation space can prove an ideal facility as many of those around you will have gone through the same process themselves. They’ll know how to “Make it Happen” and understand closely the likely challenges involved that will now be facing you.


The Hallam i-Lab 

As part of the ScaleUp 360 programme, all clients get free access to The Hallam i-Lab.  

The Hallam i-Lab is Sheffield’s leading purpose-built entrepreneurship facility located in Sheffield City Centre. The extensive facility provides services to support all start-ups based in the Sheffield City Region and is now welcoming applications for new users to access the space. 

Facilities include:

  • Free internet access
  • PCs and Macs with specialist software, including the full Adobe Creative Suite and MS Office
  • Wi-Fi enabled booths
  • Access to printer/scanner 
  • Bookable presentation, workshop and meeting rooms
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Ping pong table

Located on Pond Hill, The Hallam i-Lab is no more than a 4-minute walk to major train, tram and bus connections and will become a centrally located hub for entrepreneurship support in the city. 


Sheffield Hallam University The Hallam i-Lab Level 6, Aspect Court Sheffield S1 2BG 

Enquiries: Darren Chouings: darren.chouings@shu.ac.uk


The Business Village, Barnsley

At The Business Village in Barnsley we provide free shared office accommodation for suitable start-up and early stage businesses to help accelerate their development and growth.  Eligible businesses are expected to be able to demonstrate growth potential, be a Sheffield City Region based company and ideally continue to operate from the Sheffield City Region beyond the programme timescale.

Participants in ScaleUp360 can access this support for up to 6 months. Businesses accepted onto the programme will benefit from:

  • Access to workshops and one to one mentoring support 

  • Free accommodation within the Incubation Hub at The Business Village

  • Participation in business development workshops and networking events within the Sheffield City Region

  • Introductions to suitable grant & funding opportunities

  • Opportunities to learn from experts who have been there and done it, our resident management team and coaches on our affiliate programmes will be matched to the problems and tasks that you have identified as being the biggest hurdles to progress

  • You are likely to be working with others who share your ambition and are coming with their own expertise and insight

  • We will, where possible, help create trade opportunities for you to reach new markets and test your concept/product with potential customers

The Business Village @BarnsleyBIC, Innovation Way, Wilthorpe, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 1JL


Other Sheffield City Region Incubators

The Sheffield City Region has a lot to offer regarding coworking and incubation and we will promote our partnership’s collective recommendations in the list below. 

Please note the list below only shows some of the spaces we are aware of. If you know of any others or manage a space of your own, please get in touch and we’ll add you to our directory! 


Kollider / Castle House 

Bringing together a vibrant community of talented people, combined with great ideas, in a show-stopping place. 

Located at Castle House, in the heart of Sheffield's historic city centre, Kollider is your new destination to work, host, socialise and play. 

Kollider, Castle House Castle Street, Sheffield, 
S3 8LU 

Enquiries: https://www.kollider.co



A-ten is a Sheffield based co-working space built to provide an engaging environment for new businesses & individuals to come together and thrive.  

Housed in an ex-industrial warehouse in the heart of Neepsend, it provides a diversity of workspace options to support businesses at all stages of their development. 

A-ten. Unit 7, Harvest Works, Harvest Lane, Neepsend, Sheffield S3 8EG 

Enquiries: hello@a-ten.uk 


The Cooper Project - Sheffield Technology Parks

The incubation programme, the Cooper Project, is a 6-month free residency in the Cooper Lounge open to pre-start and early stage start-ups operating in tech and digital sectors. It is an opportunity to test an idea and develop it into a viable business or develop your early stage business in readiness for expansion into your first office. 

They are looking to on-board small cohorts of people with an ambition to set up, develop and scale a digital business. Their key measures of success are business creation, job creation and graduation from the Technology Park Campus. 

The Cooper Project Sheffield Technology Parks Cooper Buildings, Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 2NS 

Enquiries: hello@shefftechparks.com


Electric Works 

Electric Works is a welcoming, professional environment for fast-growing creative, digital, technology and media companies. Our flexible spaces cater for everything from small start-ups to larger organisations of 60+ employees and support them all with a range of facilities and services – we even look after freelancer and sole traders with our flexible set-up. 

Electric Works Sheffield Digital Campus Sheffield S1 2BJ 

Enquiries: info@electric-works.net   


Spaces Acero 

Spaces Acero is home to comfy private offices, coworking space for excellent networking, and meeting rooms with admin support when you need it. Open walkable spaces and casual seating areas cultivate exciting opportunities to collaborate with like-minded professionals. With super-fast, unlimited Wi-Fi, you can work quickly and efficiently, wherever work takes you. 
Spaces Acero 1 Concourse Way Sheffield S1 2BJ United Kingdom 

Enquiries: reception.acero@spacesworks.com  


S1 Studios

S1 Artspace is an artist-led organisation providing studio space for over twenty Sheffield based artists and a project space, which presents an annual programme of contemporary exhibitions, screenings and events.

S1 Artspace 1 Norwich Street Park Hill Sheffield S2 5PN

Enquiries: info@s1artspace.org


Showroom Workstation 

The Workstation is Sheffield's leading business centre for creative talent and innovation in the heart of the city's Cultural Industries Quarter. 

From internationally renowned design studios and high growth tech firms, to award winning theatre companies and filmmakers, The Workstation is home to some of Sheffield’s most exciting cultural, creative and digital businesses. 

Located less than five minutes from Sheffield train station, facilities include a dedicated tenant services team, ultra-high-speed broadband throughout the building, a roof terrace and breakout areas, meeting rooms and event spaces for up to 200 people.

Showroom & Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield  S1 2BX 

Enquiries: 0114 279 6511 


Studio One Sheffield 

Abbeydale Picture House Studio One is a new co-working space for creatives and entrepreneurs of all disciplines in Sheffield. 

Situated in the inspiring, historic Abbeydale Picture House, Studio One offers a space for creatives to gather, work, collaborate and socialise as a community. 

Within Studio One, there are 10 desks available for creatives to work at, all within the beautiful 1920’s setting of The Abbeydale Picture House. 
Studio One - Abbeydale Picture House 387 Abbeydale Road Sheffield S7 1FS

Enquiries: info@cads-online.org 


SUM Studios 

Sum Studios brings together arts, business and community in three carefully restored Sheffield landmarks. 

Our amazing community works, plays, makes, and meets here; we are part of a living breathing city story, a thriving place made of all kinds of people. 

Sum Studios 1 Hartley Street Sheffield S2 3AQ 

Enquiries: enquiries@sumstudios.co.uk 


Union St  

Union St is a project to create a central hub of co-working, street food and public events, founded as an independent social enterprise where their income is re-invested for the common good, bringing a previously empty city centre building back into life and supporting the types of activities Sheffield needs. 

Union St 18-20 Union Street Sheffield S1 2JP 

Enquiries: matt@union-st.org  


Studio November 

A Community Co-Working Space In The Heart Of Sheffield,  Studio November are looking for individuals to join their new community in their space on Carver Street, they have a range of services and facilities designed to give their members the tools they need to succeed and the chance to meet new people in the process.  Co-working space, personal desks, a meeting room, event space, post service, printing facilities and member discounts, book a visit and come take a look. 

Studio November Carver House Carver Street Sheffield S1 4FS  

Enquiries: studionovembersheffield@gmail.com